FC Barcelona reacted to Lionel Messi’s sentence to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. « The Club, in agreement with the criteria expressed by the Government prosecution service, considers the player to be free of criminal liability, » Barcelona says.
A Barcelona court has found Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father guilty of three counts of tax fraud and has sentenced them to 21 months in prison although under Spanish law a jail sentence under two years for a first-time non-violent crime can be served on probation, meaning they are unlikely to be imprisoned.
Maxime H. - 06/28/2016
FC Barcelona press release in support of Leo Messi and his father:
« FC Barcelona gives all its support to Leo Messi and his father with relation to the sentence for tax evasion handed out by the Provincial Court in Barcelona today. »
« The Club, in agreement with the Government prosecution service, considers that the player, who has corrected his position with the Spanish Tax Office, is in no way criminally responsible with regards to the facts underlined in this case. »
« FC Barcelona continues to be at the disposal of Leo Messi and his family to support him in whatever action he decides to take in defence of his honesty and his legal interests. »
Actually, FC Barcelona have always trusted him: